There are many types of home improvement projects, but nothing really beats a project that helps in improving the overall living space of the property. One such type of home improvement project is basement development wherein the basement area is renovated into a more useful space for the home. The basement area is usually a dead space where no member of the household wants to stay in. This is because the basement space is often a dark, damped, and creepy area. Of course, the main reason why the basement area is created in the first place is to store the home utility equipment. However, through a little bit of design ingenuity, the basement area can be just more than that.
Basement development is the process of renovating and developing the basement area into a more delightful space – a space that you would love spending time on. Imagine converting that space into a living room, a game room, an entertainment room, a home office, additional bedrooms, a library, or perhaps a home theater room. If that space was well-developed, you surely would not mind spending a lot of your time hanging out in that new living space of your home.
If you have a basement space in your home that is left unused, you can maximize its potential by having it developed through basement renovation. It will not only increase the overall living space of your home, but it will also increase its value. This is the very reason why many homeowners are choosing to have their basement space renovated so they can use it for something more useful and not just leave it as a dark and creepy place. Keep in mind though that a basement renovation project is not a cheap one and you need to get the right basement developer or contractor to get the job done right. Once it is done though, you surely would not regret having it done.
Here are some tips on how to hire a basement developer:
- Get Recommendations – there are lots of contractors everywhere but not many are qualified to do basement renovation. This is because a basement development project is not an easy work as it can be very meticulous. Ask friends, family, or acquaintances like architects and real estate investors, it is possible that they can recommend a reliable contractor to you. It is possible they can also provide you with invaluable information such as avoiding this particular contractor. Keep in mind that word-of-mouth travels fast, and if a contractor is a bad one, some of the people you ask may have gotten word about them.
- Conduct Interviews – do a quick phone call on the contractor’s office that has been recommended to you. Ask them if they have worked on basement development projects in the past and if they have any ongoing projects at the moment. If they have, is it still possible for them to accommodate another project, or do you have to wait as they have a waiting list of clients as well. If they have worked on a basement renovation before, is it possible for them to provide you a photo of their past projects. Conducting interviews will give you hints on whether they are the contractor to hire for your project or not.
- Ask for Estimates – once you have managed to get in touch with the contractor and they have done some sight surveying, try to ask for estimates. Estimates is not exactly the final amount you need to pay the contractor, but it gives you a rough estimate on how much you will need to spend or prepare for the project at hand. Of course, they cannot provide immediate estimates as they will need to tally a lot of things, including labor, cost of materials, and their profit. Nevertheless, they should be able to give you an estimate of the project within a week or two.
- Contract – once you hire a particular contractor, make sure that there is a contract between you two that lists everything that has been agreed upon. This includes the overall cost of the project and the timeframe to get it done.